Weekend Reads — The Artful Year

If you follow me on Instagram, you have probably seen that I recently listed The Artful Year by Jean Van’t Hul as one of my favorite things. It is chock full of inspiring crafts, recipes, and activities to do with kids to help you celebrate the seasons and make the most out of your time […]

Valentine Craft for Kids

This Valentine craft for kids would be great to do as a party activity! Here’s how to make Cupid Cottages from paper bags, recycled newspaper, Valentine stickers, and some leftover crafty bits you may already have on-hand. These would look great as a table centerpiece or on display in your home! My kids had so […]

A New Holiday Tradition

For the holidays this year, we thought it would be fun to start a new family tradition of visiting our local Build-A-Bear Workshop! The kids enjoyed building a toy to donate to Toys For Tots and another to keep for themselves.  For the past few years, Build-A-Bear Workshop has partnered with the Toys For Tots Foundation […]

Holiday Gift Idea for Kids – Tinker Crate

I am excited to share with you a new product from our friends at Kiwi Crate that is designed for kids ages 9-16 to explore science, technology, engineering, and mathematic (STEM) skills! The new Tinker Crate subscription service has been a HUGE hit with my kids!! Each month, they look forward to receiving a package […]

Battery Free Gifts for Kids

Searching for battery free gifts for kids that will keep them actively engaged can be challenging in today’s high tech world. Here is a list of some battery free gifts we love, and all of these became instant favorites! A big thank you to our friends at Melissa & Doug for sponsoring today’s creative play post […]

Making Fun Family Memories

We really enjoyed our adventures in the Chevy Traverse! We had so many fun things planned for the week, and you can read about that here. A big thank you to Chevy for helping us make such fun family memories this summer!! My husband, Mark, and I were on a mission to complete 13 acts of […]

Making Our Own Adventure

This summer, our friends at Chevrolet have offered us the opportunity to test drive the new Chevy Traverse for a full week. We are all so excited for this experience and cannot wait to share our adventure with you! I may or may not have done a little happy dance when it arrived (hint: I […]

Nature Packs for Kids

Packing a fun nature kit for kids is a great way to foster a love of nature, and get outdoors with minimal hassle throughout the summer months! They are so much fun to put together, and you can use many household items you probably already have on hand. Nature packs make it easy to enjoy […]

Our Favorite Books for LEGO Movie Fans

The LEGO® Movie is about to be released to DVD on June 17th, and my kids can hardly wait! If you’re looking for some great gift ideas for a LEGO® Movie fan in your life, you will definitely want to check out these newest releases from DK that bring the best of the movie to […]

Summer Smoothies — No Blender Required!

This Summer you can say “goodbye” to your blender when it comes to making delicious and healthy smoothies thanks to the new DOLE Nutrition Plus Fruit & Veggie Shakers POWER Smoothies! These are incredibly easy to prepare and can be found right in the freezer aisle of your local grocery store. Special thanks to the […]

See Disneynature’s BEARS and Protect Our National Parks

We just returned from an amazing family trip to California to visit Disneyland as part of the Disney Social Media Moms celebration! I cannot wait to share with you some of the new and exciting things our friends at Disney have been working on: inspiring partnerships with charities, supporting research on the benefits that kids […]

Flower Crafts for Preschoolers

These flower crafts for preschoolers are sure to get the little ones excited for Spring to arrive! Many of these flower crafts use common household materials you probably already have on-hand. Yay for simple and fun activities for Spring!! 1. Flower Prints from Soda Bottles Make flower prints from empty soda bottles to create unique […]

Easter Recipe for Kids: Bunny Pizza

Over the the holidays there is always time to be spent & memories to be made. Combining the holidays, food & family fun with books is always a winner and Easter recipes are a great tradition to begin. You can read books about decorating eggs, and  then teach children how to boil eggs, have fun […]

Ways to Play and Learn with Water Indoors

Water play has the power to keep kids entertained for long periods of time. It’s just good clean fun! Whether they are washing toys in the kitchen sink, splashing in the tub, or even learning about the properties of water with simple experiments, these water activities are sure to delight kids of all ages!  Ways […]

Books about Telling Time

Learning to tell time can be tricky for kids.  Luckily, there are several entertaining and useful picture books out there that introduce children to the concept of time telling and the function of clocks.  Here are ten great children’s books about telling time.     Tuesday In this incredibly drawn book, artist/author David Weisner explores […]

Toy Fair 2014!

Last week I had the pleasure of attending Toy Fair 2014 in New York City with Amy from Teach Mama and my friends from Melissa and Doug! We had so much fun, and I cannot wait to share some of the new and exciting toys Melissa and Doug are planning to release later this Fall! […]

Invitation to Learn: Valentine Patterning

Whether studying cultural traditions or origin, manipulating food, toys, or other festive trinkets, holidays are brimming with learning opportunities for children. In this post, I will share how to arrange a simple invitation to learn that uses festive Valentine M&Ms to learn about patterning. What is an Invitation to Learn? An invitation to learn is […]

Simple Inuit Crafts for Kids

Every winter, we love studying all things that deal with the cold.  One of our favorite topics is the Inuits – the Native Americans who live in the Arctic Circle in Canada and Alaska.   Here are some simple Inuit crafts to teach your kids about these Arctic Circle natives: Inuksuk An inuksuk is a stack […]